just wondering if anybody has a comment or similar experience
I’ve had several ‘family members’ of these LG combo drives (primarily I first bought into them because I have a Panasonic standalong DVD-RAM recorder, from which I wanted to copy recorded TV shows) - I am currently using a 4167B and an H10N (brand new)
about 2 years ago I bought a Dell Inspiron 9200 which comes with an NEC 6500A DVD writer as standard - as I was about to go away on vacation 2 months ago, I wanted to copy some DVD+R burns I’d done on my desktop LG-drive system
I noticed that some of my previous burns would fail with read errors halfway through trying to read them on my laptop’s NEC drive - I later discovered that this primarily seemed to be a symptom of using the CMC-MAG-E01 media from a common Memorex spindle
is this going to be a typical problem between drive manufacturers’ equipment?
I am now concerned that any backup I’ve done in the past may one day be unreadable by my equipment as I eventually and inevitably move to a different DVD reader/writer
the symptoms are these
- all the discs I use are Memorex CMC-MAG-E01 (8x I think) DVD+R
- the ‘faulty’ LG-burnt discs were all created with Nero7 at 4x (I decided a while back not to use the max disc rating to ensure a lower error rate) - all created with DVD-ROM bitset
- the ‘faulty’ LG-burnt discs are sometimes problematic to read even between other LG drives
- the ‘faulty’ LG-burnt discs sometimes don’t even show up as being loaded on the NEC
- the DVD-VIDEO discs (as far as I’ve tested) always seem to play OK on my Sony standalone DVD player
- if I reverse the situation and burn at 4x with Nero7 FROM my laptop with the NEC, the discs have (so far) ALWAYS been error-free for reading on an LG drive
from this I am assuming
the discs are not faulty - there MUST be some kind of problem with the entire LG family’s ‘write strategy’ at this speed (4x) for this manufacturer (CMC MAG E01)
is it worth trying a different speed for burning from the LG writer with these discs? if so, would slower be safer (2x? 1x??) - for what it’s worth, is burning slower always going to give me a burn-quality improvement (between platforms)?
perhaps if I’m lucky, I’ll never see this manufacturer ID again, OR LG will update their firmware?? - I don’t look forward to the prospect of having to test every single disc I burn in future on a range of platforms just to find out if my ‘saved data’ is intact in any kind of standard format for future retrieval…!!!